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Want to Start School Later? You May Want to Move to California

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 02.16.2017 | Education
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

If Senator Anthony Portantino gets his way, California will be the first state in the nation to ensure that teenagers can go to school without sacrif...

Xavier Becerra Tapped To Replace Kamala Harris As California Attorney General

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has nominated Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) as California’s next attorney general, replacing Senator-elect Kamala H...

Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill Meant To Guarantee Paid Parental Leave For More Workers

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill Friday that would have guaranteed job-protected time off for many new parents in the state. The bill, in...

California Closes Rape Sentencing Loophole After Brock Turner Case

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

California is closing the loophole that allowed a judge to sentence former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to just six months in jail after b...

Jerry Brown Vetoes Bills To Eliminate Sales Tax On Tampons, Diapers

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

In a move likely to rile progressives across the state, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed legislation on Tuesday that would have exempted menstru...

California Takes An Unprecedented Stand Against Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics

California is extending its plan to drastically cut carbon emissions for another 10 years under a pair of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Thur...

Why Jerry Brown Should Veto AB 2844 In California

Marcy Winograd | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Taken at face value, this new law would be utterly redundant - except for the fact that it would open the door for a witch hunt, involving the creation of an unprecedented thought crime.

California Doubles Down On Green Economy, But Kicks Cap-And-Trade Down The Road

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main. California doubled down on its green economy Wed...

Over Half A Million People Arrested In California For Marijuana In The Last Decade

Neal Rodriguez | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Neal Rodriguez

It is argued that legalization will reduce the amount of arrests for marijuana-related charges. That means less people will miss work, lose a job, have an arrest on their record, or restrict their chances of leading a productive life due to a victimless act that shouldn't be considered a crime.

California's Early Childhood Education System: Promises Kept

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Most of the things for which an elected official has direct responsibility are much too boring for the average voter to consider. One area that is, has, and will continue to be of great concern to Californians is the interests of children.

Is Bernie Sanders on the Verge of a Big Upset in the California Primary?

Kicker | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics

Would a win in California be a game changer for Bernie Sanders? Or does it not matter? (Dieter Holger) This Tuesday, June 7th, is the last big day of...

On the California Primary, Tectonic Plates & a Mother's Day Message for Hillary Clinton

Julie Buckner | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Julie Buckner

Like it or not (personally, not so much), Donald J. Trump is the presumptive Republican Party Presidential nominee. Even before the hashtag #nevert...

Congressional Candidate Urged To Take Leave Of Absence Over Domestic Violence Allegations

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

California Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) is under pressure to take a leave of absence after being accused of domestic violence by hi...

'I'm Tired Of Being Taxed For Being A Woman'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

Activists rallied Monday at the California state capitol building in Sacramento to push for a bill ending the state tax on tampons and other menstrual...

California Gives Terminally Ill Residents The Right To Die On Their Own Terms

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

California residents with terminal illnesses will have the legal option of assisted suicide starting June 9. The state is the fifth to enact "right to...

California Getting Closer To Having Lawmakers Wear Donors’ Logos

The Huffington Post | Robert Baldwin III | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

A transparency group in California on Tuesday announced it had collected 40,000 signatures to place an initiative on the ballot that would require sta...

The End Of The Tampon Tax Could Be Near In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

The California board that oversees state taxes has endorsed a measure that would bar tampons and menstrual pads from being taxed as luxury items, mark...

Next Phase In California Climate Leadership: Cleaning Up The Dirty Three

Ricardo Lara | Posted 12.15.2016 | Los Angeles
Ricardo Lara

When California first mandated the widespread addition of renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 100 million tons. Along the way, we have created a thriving green economy that promises only more jobs and more innovation as we reach to do even better.

California Adopts Strong Equal Pay Protections

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

California will soon have what advocates say are the strongest equal pay protections in the country after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the California F...

Right To Die Becomes Law In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed California's right-to-die bill into law Monday, allowing terminally ill residents of the nation's most populous...

Carly Fiorina Sharpened Political Edges In 2010 Senate Bid

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

There was a lifeless echo inside the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where the three major Republican candidates were squaring off in their only f...

Game-Changing Ethnic Studies Bill Heads To California Governor

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | Latino Voices

The California state assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would create a model ethnic studies curriculum for optional use statewide, handing a major ...

California Legislature Approves Ban On 'Redskins' Mascots

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 09.10.2015 | Sports

The California State Assembly voted Thursday to ban the state's schools from using "Redskins" nicknames and mascots, a move that could soon make it th...

California Lawmakers Move To Ban Confederate Names On Public Buildings

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

California's state Senate voted 31-2 Tuesday to ban the names of Confederate leaders from public buildings. SB 539, which passed in the state Assembl...

Californians May Have a Chance to Vote Down Citizens United

Derek Cressman | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Derek Cressman

California voters could instruct their members of Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Cit...